It is Thursday night and that means it is Molde v Arsenal in the Europa League with the Gunners looking for some much-needed redemption.
The Gunners have been in poor form for much of the past few weeks and their goalless draw against Leeds United needs to be followed up by a win here.
Before the last international break, the Gunners put in another lame performance as Aston Villa beat them 3-0 in the Premier League.
They had already lost to Manchester City and Leicester City in two of their previous three league games.
Even though they have found joy in this competition, their Premier League form could easily spill over here.
Nicolas Pepe has been a star for the Gunners in Europe, but he let himself down when he was sent off in the game against Leeds United at the weekend.
The Ivorian had been unsatisfied with the minutes that he was getting in the Europa League alone and Arteta obliged with that chance.
His sending-off let his team down and he knows it, luckily Arteta has said that he considers that to be a moment of madness, meaning he might give the former Lille man a chance to play in this game (The Sun).
It wasn’t all negative in the game against Leeds, because having gone down to ten men against such a difficult opponent, our players would have been expected to capitulate, but we held on and almost won the game if Bukayo Saka had taken his late chance.
Arsenal’s barren spell in front of goal continues, but the good news is that it is only in the Premier League.
We have already scored 9 goals and conceded twice in three games in this competition.
We put four goals past Molde in the reverse of this fixture three weeks back, that should give our players confidence to go for the win here as well.
Mohamed Elneny started our first two games in this competition and he also came on as a sub in the last game, but he is out of this match after testing positive for covid-19.
Willian and Bukayo Saka are also out of this game with some fitness issues, and these absentees will limit Mikel Arteta in his options for the game.
Emile Smith Rowe, Folarin Balogun, Miguel Azeez and Ben Cottrell have all been included in the team for this game.
Smith Rowe has already had a taste of first-team football and he has been working hard in the reserves, I suspect that he might be brought on if Arsenal is winning comfortably.
With Thomas Partey also out of the game, Ceballos and Joe Willock might get a chance to play together alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield.
Predicted line up: 4-3-3: Runarsson; Cedric, Mustafi, Luiz, Maitland-Niles; Ceballos, Xhaka, Willock; Pepe, Nelson, Nketiah.
Predicted Score Molde 1-3 Arsenal
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